Some reflections to mark the 10th anniversary of Occupy

Today is my 40th birthday. Four decades I have spent navigating my body and mind through and across this Earth. Four decades of moving from childhood through adolescence into adulthood, and then slowly (and not without some regrettable moments), into a slightly wiser and more insightful version of my adult…

On reclaiming the power of myth as guiding force for good

“Climate change is a myth”

“Trickle down economics is a myth”

“It’s a myth that gum takes seven years to digest in your stomach”

What do these three phrases have in common? Putting aside the fact that they tend to be uttered by very different groups of people — climate…

Shifting narratives by meeting people where they are at

Last year I wrote about coming out very publicly in my 2012 TEDx talk for the sake of telling an authentic story — which was after all, partly the focus of my talk. I originally wasn’t planning on including that particular part of my life story, but after some hearty…

Re-authoring my inherited narratives of colonisation in Aotearoa New Zealand

I am a Pākēhā New Zealander. For the benefit of those reading from outside of New Zealand, what that means is that I am a Kiwi of European or non-Māori descent. In my case in particular, a half-Swiss, half 6th generation New Zealander of English and Irish ancestry.

This heritage…

Overcoming the Dualistic Mind to Save the World

The Roman god Janus is depicted with two faces. As the god of new beginnings and transitions, the month of January was named after him — he is thought to be simultaneously looking behind at the year that has been, and forward to the year ahead. …

I was warned. Be crystal clear on your audience. I was absolutely, duly warned. In fact, I even warned myself. Show, don’t tell. Human hearts and minds are convinced by story, not heavy rational arguments laced with statistics, facts, and figures. …

Short reviews of what has inspired and entertained me this year.

In late 2019, I decided to start recording all the books I read in a spreadsheet. Call me a geek, or an obsessive life-long learner, but it’s a habit I’ve decided to take forward into my life. …

When our Stories of Self No Longer Serve Us

As I entered my final year of primary school at age 10, I had one singular wish. I wanted nothing more than to be a student road warden who helped kids to cross the road at the pedestrian crossings near our school.

I wanted to wear the bright orange vest…

Individualism has failed. Time for a new narrative of unity.

Whenever I feel depressed about the degree to which people are disconnected from each other these days, I watch videos of flash mobs on the Internet. There is something magical about watching dozens of people in a busy place seemingly going about their every day individual lives suddenly disrupting the…

Systems change needs to start with culture change

There’s a scene in the HBO show Silicon Valley that parodies a large-scale tech conference. As each guy (and it’s always a guy) takes to the stage to present their latest tech solution, they all weave into their speech how they are “making the world a better place” through a…

Alina Siegfried

Storytelling | Narrative | Systems Change | Spoken Word | Author of “A Future Untold”, a book on story & narrative to change the world | www.afutureuntold.com

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